"Gran Canaria, a mini continent" Top 5 Page for this destination Isla de Gran Canaria by tompt
Isla de Gran Canaria Travel Guide: 416 reviews and 1,173 photos
Although Gran Canaria is a relatively small island it is also referred to as a miniature continent. It has it all, high mountain peaks, woods, green meadows, beaches. The weather can vary from snow in the mountains to beachweather in the touristarea in the south. The island is of vulcanic origin, has a round shape and is about 50 km in diameter. The highest point is the peak of Pozo de Las Nieves at 1,949 metres above sea level.
We visited the island for one week. We rented an appartment in the touristresort Playa del Ingles. Playa del Ingles is a part of the Maspalomas area, an area built for the tourists. There is nothing original here, simply because 40 years ago nobody lived along the south coast. Then they started to develop the area, with its sandy beaches for tourists. You will find hotels, appartments, bungalows and ofcourse the restaurants, bars and shops to go along with that.
Because of this it is also very international here, there are german restaurants, dutch restaurants, italian and more but you will find a few original canarian restaurants. The personal in the restaurants and bars will speak your langage and serve the food you are used to at home. If that is what you like go for it...... but if you don't like that you will have to rent a car to get away to the original canarian villages.
When you drive inland you will find tourism isn't the only thing the island is living on. Many people earn money from agricultural products like tomato, banana, oranges and more. In the picture you see the valley at San Nicolas de Tolentino. All the gray plastic things are tomato plantations.
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